Tips for Spa Safety Around Chemicals

The hot tub is everyone’s favorite place for relaxation, massage and great conversation. To keep your friends and family safe while hot tubbing, let’s look at some tips for spa safety around chemicals.

When it comes to spa water maintenance products that safeguard the health of your entire family, know that they are chemicals and must be handled carefully.

Keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind for a safer more enjoyable spa experience.

The Do’s – Ensure You Always:

  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur and safely dispose of the material.
  • Store chemical products safely and out of the reach of small children.
  • Keep your spa maintenance products in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, away from other household or garden chemicals and petroleum products.
  • Brace liquids so they won’t tip while transporting them in your car.
  • Don’t allow chemicals to stay in the car for a long period of time.
  • Make the spa store your last stop. Unpack them as soon as you get home.
  • Use care when broadcasting powdered products into the spa on windy days to prevent product from getting in eyes or mouth or onto skin.
  • Dispose of all chemicals according to label directions.
  • Turn your face to one side or point the container away from you when opening product.

The Don’t – You Should:

  • Never add water to chemicals. Always add the chemical to large amounts of water.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean spills.
  • Never throw chemicals in the trash or put spilled material back into the original container.
  • Never store liquids directly above sanitizers and oxidizers as they may leak and contaminate other products. Never store sanitizers and oxidizers near metal products, such as bicycles, lawn mowers or cars because they may cause rust.
  • Never mix chemicals of any kind together. An uncontrolled reaction such as fuming, fire or explosion could occur.
  • Never mix two chlorine products from different containers together regardless of their similarities. All chlorine is not the same.
  • Never overdose your spa. Be sure to use the exact amount specified on the label or by your SpaGuard® Dealer. Knowing your spa’s exact volume will help prevent over- or under-application.
  • Never interchange measuring scoops or place wet scoops back into any chemical container.

In case of emergency:

If you or a family member comes into accidental contact with a product, or it’s been swallowed, follow the emergency advice on the product label, call your doctor and/or your local Poison Control Center.